Amber Heard’s lawyers want to overturn the defamation trial ruling

After losing the defamation trial, Amber Heard’s lawyers a making a motion to ‘toss’ the jury’s verdict. But on what grounds?

After 6 weeks of trial, the jury found Amber Heard guilty of defamation for the op-ed she wrote about domestic abuse. Indeed the Aquaman star claimed that her ex-husband, Johnny Depp had abused her, sexually, physically and emotionally. Since the ruling, Amber Heard’s lawyers have said they wish to appeal the ruling. Now they want to ‘toss’ it completely.

‘Unsupported by evidence’

As reported by The Guardian, Heard’s lawyers want to dismiss the jury’s verdict that the actress had defamed Johnny Depp. Heard wrote a 43-page memorandum (‘an informal written record of an agreement that has not yet become official’ according to Britannica), to justify her demand.

The basis of their demand is that the jury’s decision was ‘unsupported by evidence’. Indeed Elaine Bredehoft,—one of Heard’s lawyers—explained that Depp’s claim he had lost his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean due to Amber Heard’s op-ed was false.

Elaine Bredehoft said on July 1, that Depp

Proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false

The judge said no more court hearings

The Guardian also reported that the judge from the Heard Depp Defamation trial, Penney Azcarate said she would not schedule any more court hearings for this trial. In addition, Azcarate told Heard and her team that if they wished to appeal, Heard would have to pay an $8.35m bond with an annual 6% interest and file motions with the court.

After Heard’s interview with NBC, she seems determined to appeal.

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